Great news for all of you food history fans who are not based in Santa Cruz County. Harvesting our Heritage: Bite-Sized Stories from Santa Cruz County History is now available for purchase. Here is the link to purchase the book through the Museum of Art and History’s website: https://mkt.com/santa-cruz-museum-of-art-and-history/item/harvesting-our-heritage All proceeds go to the Museum … More Harvesting our Heritage now available for purchase online
Great News World! The book is coming! That beautiful artwork you see above? That’s the cover made by Matt Farrar. The lovely illustrations on the invitation? Those are by Sarah Ory and the book has many more for you to enjoy. The rest of the book has been immaculately designed by Sarah Watters and we … More The Book is Coming!
Thank you to Lily and the Good Times Food and Drink Magazine for the fantastic article on the book!
As we begin to move from researching history to creating a physical document, we found ourselves in need of some extra help. Lucky for us, Santa Cruz is a county ripe with talented individuals excited to help on a project such as ours. And, thanks to a generous grant by the Arts Council of Santa … More Introducing the Artists
The Heritagistas will be presenting at the Natural History Museum about our project, and the Teen Kitchen Project will be there a little earlier to test some of the recipes! This will be a really fun event, we hope to see you there! Harvesting Our Heritage: Telling Bite-sized Stories from Santa Cruz County History March … More Naturalist Night at the Natural History Museum
Ice Cream, Begonia Scream One of the pioneers of ice cream production in Santa Cruz, County was James Brown who in 1911, purchased a five-acre parcel of land along 41st Avenue in Capitola. He began with fourteen registered Guernsey heifers and one bull. He built a dairy, and fed the cattle only weed-free feed. His … More Dairying in Santa Cruz Part III
A Tale of Displacement The Spanish “missionized” and displaced the native people living in California and Santa Cruz (link to MR articles on this) beginning in the late 1700s. Spain was then removed from power and influence when Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821 and seized power of California. The Mexicans were displaced themselves … More Dairy in Santa Cruz Part II
This series was done in partnership with Mobil Ranger The Grasses that Feed the Cows In the late 1700s Spanish missionaries caused significant changes to the California landscape by introducing European plants and animals. Grazing lands were created by burning on lowland slopes to support large numbers of cattle, horse and sheep. Prior to European … More Dairying in Santa Cruz Part I
‘Tis the season for holiday parties and potlucks. What better way to celebrate than to dish up a little local history with your meal? Below are some seasonally appropriate recipes taken from the Elizabeth Gilmour recipe book started in 1908. The recipes are written exactly as they appear in her handwriting, but there are … More Holiday Recipes
I’m sure many of you are looking for some ideas to help use up the glut of apples you are finding yourself surrounded by this time of year. Why not try a Dorset Apple Cake? This recipe is from Libbie Gilmour’s cookbook, started in the mid 1910s. It is a collection of recipes from family, … More Fall Desserts